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Recently I have heard a lot of Eckhart Tolle and his writing about "practicing the power of now;" I would like to know Your Grace's opinion about Eckhart Tolle and his writings.

Eckhart Tolle is a charismatic motivational speaker and author. He has been very well promoted by a culture and media who are looking earnestly for a feel good and do good approach to life, away from God. What he is saying is really not new, but it has a certain sound and appeal to people in search of inner peace and positive energy. He attributes many of his revelations of peace, determination of happiness, and goodness to a variety of sources from Yoga, to Krishna, to Islam, to Buddhism, to Hinduism, and everything--whatever---ism. He actually includes "Jesus", but not necessarily Christianity. I find this problematic, since most people who unworthily approve of "Jesus", negate Him as Christ by not referring to Him as Jesus Christ, and certainly dare not utter that He is God. What they like about Jesus is His kindness and gentleness. Once sin, justice, forgiveness, and eternal life become part of the equation, many modern-day self-proclaimed or media-promoted sages will quickly incorporate a "feel-good" thought from another religion or philosophy. They vigorously suppress the total package of Christianity for no apparent reason, unless they cannot accept the message of "repentance". We, as Christians, must be vigilant to reject these empty words. It is simple; Christ is the King of Peace. There is no peace without Him. Any literature that does not clearly say that is deceptive!!! I strongly advise you to reject these over-commercialized propaganda which are heavily loaded with empty promises for true words of life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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